San Francisco is first city to require fully-paid parental leave
San Francisco has become the first city to pass a law guaranteeing new parents time off that's fully-paid pay to care for a new child. The city board of supervisors, its city council, unanimously passed a measure Tuesday night granting new parents six weeks of paid leave. California already has a state insurance program that pays workers 55% of their normal wages to take time off after the birth or adoption of a child, or to care for a sick family member. The San Francisco law requires that employers make up the balance of the employee's pay so that that they earn 100% of their normal wages. Lost pay is the major reason that many employees do not take advantage of the state's paid-time off policy, according to the legislation.